Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park

400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha, FL


John Franklin Cree Jr.

March 26, 1947November 2, 2019

John “Jeff” Franklin Cree, Jr., 72, of Orlando, Florida, passed away, Saturday, November 2, 2019 surrounded by family.

Jeff was born in Buffalo, NY on March 26, 1947, to John and Betty Cree and was married to Margaret Martin (Marge) on September 13, 1969.

Jeff was dedicated to his family and friends. He was a member of the Snyder Volunteer Fire Department for many years and was always willing to help anyone that needed it. His kind spirit and smiling face will be missed. If you knew him, you were his family.

John was preceded in death by his parents John, Betty and step-mother Effie and his grandson Tommy Cockriel. He was survived by his loving wife, Marge Cree; along with 2 daughters, Tena (Tom) Cockriel and Stacey Cree; grandchildren, Jackie and Nick Cockriel, Evan and Ben Vasilko; sister Nancy Elliott; brother Peter Cree and many loving nieces, nephews, and relatives.

A family visitation will be held at 12:15 pm, November 16, followed by a celebration of life service at 1:00 pm at Woodlawn Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha, FL 34734.

A special thank you to the people of The Mike Conley Hospice House for their loving care and support in his last few days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Cornerstone Hospice. Please specify that the donation is for The Mike Conley Hospice House (https://web.cshospice.org/foundation/giving/).


16 November


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home

400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road
Gotha, FL 34734

16 November

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home

400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road
Gotha, FL 34734


John Franklin Cree Jr.

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Leslie & Robert Porto

November 10, 2019

Bob and I are deeply sorry to hear of Jeff’s passing. We had great times with you guys going way back to those wonderful times at the Hamilton Drive block parties. And then meeting up again in Orlando for Thanksgiving Dinner and another time going out for Buffalo wings. Picking up after so many years as if we were never apart for very long. That’s because of the welcoming warmth we felt in your presence. I’m sorry this wonderful man is no longer with us, God seems to always take the good ones too soon. We are Blessed to have known him.

Jennifer Elliott

November 6, 2019

Uncle Jeff, You will be deeply missed by each and every one of us. I remember my mom and I driving to Florida to celebrate your 65 birthday with you and how happy it made you. Also was a lot of fun! You came to celebrate my moms birthday which was such a fun time having us all together as a family. You are in our hearts forever! Love you so much.
Love you,
Your niece Jennifer ❤️

Libby Cowan

November 5, 2019

Dear Margie and family,

Our sincere condolences on the loss of Jeff. We were so sorry to hear this sad news. We’ll always remember Jeff as a kind and cheerful gentleman.

Love and hugs,
Tom and Libby Cowan

Patricia Kopelman

November 5, 2019

I will remember seeing Jeff enjoying working on projects there in his garage as I walked the dogs or drove in from work. And I will remember his big smile and wave, and often a little chat or friendly greeting for Duchess(a pup who adored him)!
What a privilege to call Jeff my friend! He was just such a good man!❤️